“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
King James Version (KJV)
11:5 The poor have the Gospel preached to them - The greatest mercy of all. #Isaiah 29:18|; 35:5.
Mt 11:5 The dead are raised. In Luke, the raising of the widow's son at Nain immediately precedes this message (Lu 7:11-17); and in this Gospel we have seen the ruler's daughter raised (Mt 9:18-26). The poor have the gospel preached to them. It adds to the force of this testimony that the poor had always been overlooked by Pharisees and the Jewish doctors. The ancient philosophers and theologians had no gospel for those who could not pay for it. The climax is preaching the gospel to the poor. Jesus answers John by pointing to his works. They were a more convincing answer than words. What he has done for mankind is still a most convincing demonstration.